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Julio Ojeda-Zapata No comments

Mailplane Goes Chrome and Adds Features

On the Mac, Mailplane is a good fit for Gmail users who like Google’s Web-based interface but also want desktop features. With version 4, Mailplane rolls out many changes, including a new reliance on the Google Chrome browser under the hood, enabling the use of Gmail-focused Chrome extensions.

Michael E. Cohen 1 comment

How to Use Linked Text Boxes in Pages 7

Linked text boxes disappeared from Apple’s Pages in 2013, but after years of wandering in the wilderness, the powerful layout feature has returned better than ever.

Sharon Zardetto 7 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window

System Preferences is an essential tool that lets you customize your Mac in numerous ways. Learn how to customize System Preferences itself, the different ways you can open it, and how to navigate quickly to the pane you need.

Adam Engst 9 comments

TipBITS: Compare Before/After Edits in Photos

Ever wished that you could compare an edited image in Photos with the original, without using Undo or Revert to Original? Read on for the trick in both the Mac and iOS versions of Photos, and for the even more hidden trick on the Mac that helps you compare cropping.

Adam Engst 3 comments

WhenWorks Offers Self-Service Scheduling for Appointments or Office Hours

If you have clients who need to book appointments with you, the new WhenWorks iOS app and service provides a lightweight self-service solution so you can avoid the back-and-forth negotiations to find mutually acceptable times.

Josh Centers 75 comments

1Password 7 for Mac Offers a Fresh Look… for an Upgrade Price

AgileBits has released 1Password 7, the company’s first paid upgrade in many years. Are the changes to 1Password mini and the many visual improvements worth the cost of admission?

Glenn Fleishman 69 comments

Roll Your Own Cloud Backups with Arq and B2

Until now, Internet backups required subscribing to a cloud-based backup service and using proprietary software to handle archiving and retrieval. Now, there’s a DIY alternative: Arq backup software and Backblaze’s B2 cloud storage system.

Jeff Porten Adam Engst 7 comments

Agenda Offers a New Take on Note-Taking and Task Management

Momenta's Agenda provides novel ways of organizing projects and tasks within a note-taking system that can link to several other Mac apps. It offers a different subscription model that doesn’t expire purchased features. But it has been out only since the end of 2017, and still suffers from some bugs and limitations.

Josh Centers 28 comments

macOS 10.13.4 Warns Users about 32-Bit Apps

Last year at WWDC, Apple said that High Sierra would be the last version of macOS to run 32-bit apps “without compromise.” The recently released macOS 10.13.4 takes the next step in that direction by alerting users the first time they launch a 32-bit app. Here’s what we know.

Josh Centers 3 comments

iWork Apps Add Apple Pencil Support, Pages Gains Ebook Creation Features

The iPad versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote gain Apple Pencil support for drawing and writing, along with Smart Annotations. Also, Pages has new ebook creation features.

Josh Centers 25 comments

Freezing Finder? Dropbox and Overstuffed Folders May Be the Culprit

Is your Finder sputtering and freezing? Josh Centers solved his Finder problems by cleaning out his Downloads folder and toggling Dropbox’s Finder integration.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 2 comments

Beyond Music: Comparing the HomePod to Amazon Echo and Google Home

Not every HomePod owner is a music addict, and even those who are will likely want their speakers to do other stuff. Julio Ojeda-Zapata has explored ways to tap the HomePod and Siri for information consumption, personal management, and other uses. For context, he compares the HomePod’s capabilities and Siri performance to equivalent features in competing Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

Josh Centers No comments

WWDC 2018 Returns to San Jose on June 4th through 8th

Apple has announced WWDC 2018 dates and that the location will remain in San Jose. If you’re interested in attending, get your name in the lottery by March 22nd.

Adam Engst 9 comments

Canon Pixma iP110: Printing Without Wires

For anyone who needs to print in situations where there are no power outlets and where cables would be fussy, the battery-powered, Wi-Fi-enabled Canon Pixma iP110 is a reasonably priced, robust solution.

Adam Engst 21 comments

Apple to Deprecate Many macOS Server Services

In a move that has surprised few, Apple has announced via a support note that it will be deprecating nearly all the remaining services in macOS Server. In the future, macOS Server will “focus on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network.” Time to start looking for alternatives for everything else macOS Server does for you.